Barbara Schock

Chairperson; Associate Arts Professor

Photo of Chairperson Barbara Schock

Barbara Schock, a Tisch School of the Arts associate arts professor and Oscar-winning independent filmmaker/director, is the Chair of the school’s Graduate Film program, where she has taught since 2011. Before being appointed Chair, she served as head of the Directing area and is known for developing strong writing, directing, and directing the actor curricula. Schock is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sits on the Academy’s Executive Committee for Short Films and Feature Animation. She is a contributor to Filmmaker magazine. 

Prior to coming to New York, Schock taught at Tisch Asia for three years, overseeing the writing curriculum and second-year studies. She previously taught at Chapman University and several other film schools. Schock was vice president of production at Joan Micklin Silver’s Silverfilm Productions, where she oversaw the development of screenplays from Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage and novelist Alan Furst. 

In 2000, Schock directed My Mother Dreams the Satan’s Disciples in New York, written by Rex Pickett (author of Sideways), which earned the Academy Award® for Best Short Film (Live Action). The film won over 15 awards from various festivals and organizations, including the DGA’s prestigious Ida Lupino Award. Schock was the assistant to David Fincher when he directed Alien 3 in London for 20th Century Fox. She also was the assistant to producer Michael Nozik on TriStar’s Thunderheart directed by Michael Apted. She is currently developing a feature film comedy, Up Phillips and Down Main, to direct in 2019.

Early in her career, Schock produced two independent features, one for Island Pictures. Originally from South Dakota, Schock earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at San Diego and an M.F.A. in film directing from the American Film Institute. She was a student of the late, legendary film critic Manny Farber, whom she credits as her foremost influence.  


Directing I, Directing II, Directing III, Directing IV
Directing the Actor I, Directing the Actor II


B.A., English Literature, University of California at San Diego. M.F.A., Film Directing, American Film Institute.